The Democrats’ Historic Successes and Contemporary Failures

Two books, “What It Took to Win,” by Michael Kazin, and “Left Behind,” by Lily Geismer, trace the history of the Democratic Party from its origins down to the present.

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Jan. 6 Looks Different Through the Lens of ‘American Carnage’

The nation has festering problems. Trumpism did not go to the true roots of them.

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Why Joe Biden Needs More Than Accomplishments to Be a Success

A theory of political time explains how he has become a prisoner of great expectations.

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Pondering Presidents — Who Got ‘Polked’?

The worst presidents are waiting — we see you, Mr. Trump.

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Trump Is Not the First President to Snub an Inauguration

A few heads of state have refused to celebrate their successors. “It’s usually a sign that American society is in the midst of major political feud,” the presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said.

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It’s All About the Franklins … the Aretha Franklins

What if the people who appeared on our $5, $10 and $100 bills weren’t just (mostly) dead former presidents?

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After the Statues Fall

Some deserve to be toppled. But monuments to those who sought to make the union more perfect should stand.

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